Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
Careers at The Land Institute

Careers at The Land Institute

The Land Institute is working on a solution to one of humankind’s most critical challenges: how to produce food without destroying precious soil, water, and ecological resources.

The long-term, game-changing nature of our mission is both challenging and fulfilling. Our people reflect the values of the prairie: diverse and perennial. Our staff members have come from several continents to The Land Institute’s modest home in Salina, Kansas to transform agriculture worldwide. For many it becomes a lifelong career. More than a few have been involved with — and have evolved with — The Land Institute for decades.

Jobs at The Land Institute include scientists and field and research technicians as well as positions in farm operations, fundraising, communications, marketing, finance and administrative.

Current Job Openings at The Land Institute

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Research Technician, Crop Protection Ecology

Does the idea of bringing the “ecology” to “agroecology” appeal to you? Would you like to be part of a network of really interesting people who are revolutionizing row crop agriculture? Most of all, do you enjoy playing with insects, plants, and soil? If your answer to these questions are “YES,” then consider applying for our Research Technician in Crop Protection Ecology at The Land Institute!

Click here for a full job description and application details.

Don’t see a link to a current open position, or don’t see a position that fits your skill set? Feel free to submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to gro.e1521452704tutit1521452704snidn1521452704al@sr1521452704eerac1521452704 and we will keep your information on file for future employment opportunities

Current Job Openings at Partner Organizations

Green Lands, Blue Waters Director 

The Twin Cities – based Green Lands, Blue Waters initiative is a consortium of land grant universities, non-governmental organizations and governmental agencies working to support development of and transition to a new generation of agricultural systems in the Mississippi River Basin and beyond that integrate more perennial plants and other continuous living cover crops into the agricultural landscape. The Director position will lead and strengthen mission-consistent activities for the overall multi-state Green Lands, Blue Waters Initiative and Steering Committee.

Click here for a full job description and application details.

For further information, please contact Helene Murray, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture Executive Director; ude.n1521452704mu@ya1521452704rrumh1521452704, 612-625-0220 or visit

Internships at The Land Institute

With thousands of experimental plots and tens of thousands of experimental plants, our permanent research staff can’t always keep up. Every year we rely on seasonal interns to help us out. All internships are paid positions. Although interns are often students, we consider adult applicants of any age and background.

Our interns gain valuable insight into the research programs of The Land Institute while assisting in the fields, seed processing facilities, and labs. Fieldwork includes hoeing, transplanting, and sampling alongside preeminent scientists working to develop Natural Systems Agriculture. Summer interns enjoy seminars with the staff and visiting scientists, but the majority of learning is gained from hands-on work with the research programs. Keep in mind that although the fieldwork is satisfying, it also can be physically challenging.

We generally require that interns commit to a duration of at least three months between May and October.  Interns are paid and work ~40 hour weeks. Interns do not receive housing, but we help organize housing for those who request help.  Rent is typically around $300/month. Most interns fall somewhere between sophomores in college to recently graduated, but there are exceptions on both ends of that gradient.

Applications are being accepted until January 31, 2018 for Summer 2018 internships.

Click here to download an application.

Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows

The Perennial Agriculture Project, a joint-project of Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation and The Land Institute, has an Individual Grants Program that awards grants to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at partner institutions throughout the United States.

For more information, please contact Project Operations Director Rachel Stroer at gro.e1521452704tutit1521452704snidn1521452704al@re1521452704orts1521452704.


Apply for a position at The Land Institute today by sending your resume and cover letter to gro.e1521452704tutit1521452704snidn1521452704al@sr1521452704eerac1521452704

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